Veteran Bollywood actor and screenwriter Kader Khan passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. Khan, who was battling Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative disease for the past few months, died at a hospital in Canada. In an illustrious career spanning over 45 years, Kader Khan acted in over 300 film and wrote for 250 films.
Born in Kabul, he made his acting debut in 1973 with superstar Rajesh Khanna in the film Daag. In the 70s & 80s, Khan worked as a screenwriter for notable directors such Prakash Mehra & Manmohan Desai. Some of his best written films include Amar Akbar Anthony, Coolie, Parvarish, Sharaabi. In the 90s, he became known for his comic roles when he collaborated withdirector David Dhawan and actor Govinda. The trio delivered many successful comedy hits which include Coolie No 1, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Sajan Chale Sasural and Hero No 1. He is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Sarfaraz, who is also an actor, said that his last rites will take place in Canada.
As the news of death broke, many film from the film industry took to Twitter to express their condolences.
T 3045 – Kadar Khan passes away .. sad depressing news .. my prayers and condolences .. a brilliant stage artist a most compassionate and accomplished talent on film .. a writer of eminence ; in most of my very successful films .. a delightful company .. and a mathematician !! pic.twitter.com/l7pdv0Wdu1
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 1, 2019
#KaderKhan Saab was one of the finest actors of our country. It was a joy and a learning experience to be on the sets with him. His improvisational skills were phenomenal. His humour was eternal and original. He was a wonderful writer. We will miss him & his brilliance. pic.twitter.com/m9z1yix9HB
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 1, 2019
Saddened to learn about the demise of #KaderKhan Saab, had the good fortune of working with him in quite a few films…a fine actor and an even better comedian. My thoughts and prayers with his family
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 1, 2019
— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) January 1, 2019
Deeply saddened on the demise of #KaderKhan Saab. Multi-talented & phenomenal, he was an institution in himself. In almost every film that I had the benefit of associating with him – I ended up learning something. My condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/EAk1AZs84l
— Raj Babbar (@RajBabbarMP) January 1, 2019
#KaderKhan Sahab one of best writers actor n human being.. our heartfelt condolences.. RIP Kadar Sahab
— Abbas Mustan (@theabbasmustan) January 1, 2019